First wave of data collection in Côte d’Ivoire is done

Christelle testing a student Students in the yard during recess Girls with sweepers to clean the testing site. Axel testing while other students watched. Students back to school in the afternoon with a bundle of firewood for their teacher. Students and teachers...

Do the languages a child speaks matter when learning to read?

A new paper "Bilingualism yields language-specific plasticity in left hemisphere's circuitry for learning to read in young children" has been published in Neuropsychologia. We showed orthography-specific plasticity in the left STG and IFG based on bilingual's two...

Data collection in Côte d’Ivoire is underway

We are now half way through an intense month of data collection in rural communities outside of Adzope, Côte d'Ivoire. The whole team is hard at work performing assessments of language (French and Attié—one of the many Ivorian languages), cognitive, and reading...

Exchange on Lessons Learned in Latin America and Africa

Exchange of lessons learned in labour market youth inclusion programs in Latin America and Africa was held in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire, hosted by the Bernard von Leer Foundation. I was invited to share some perspectives on child development and presented a talk on...

Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally

Forum on Investing in Young Children Globally (iYCG) Workshop: "Innovations in Investing in Young Children Globally". Held in partnership with the Jacobs Foundation, the Institute for Human Development at the Aga Khan University, and the Bernard van Leer Foundation in...

Plans for fNIRS in Côte d’Ivoire

Check out the newsletter of the Society for Functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy where I share our plans to bring an fNIRS system to rural Côte d'Ivoire. From the Society for functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy Newsletter: How do children learn to read in...

Talk at AIMS-Cape Town

Presented a talk entitled "How do children learn to read? Using statistics to understand how biology and experience shape cognitive development" at the African Institute for Mathematical Sciences in Cape...

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